What the hell is Phenomlab ?
Phenomlab is a new (well, maybe not entirely “new”, but the concept certainly is) idea for an alliance that will be a platform of disparate technical and non technical peers that have joined forces for mutual benefit or to achieve a common purpose such as
- Discussing current infosec trends, threats, and information sharing
- Discussing practical ways of securing your environment using standards and non standards
- Sharing of information and knowledge around technology and its associated facets
- Generation of ideas on how technology should be presented from the sales angle, and C level execs
- Create an technology union that people actually want to be part of
I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. Essentially, share my knowledge with others, whilst learning from the same “others” in parallel. I also firmly believe in community spirit, and am of the opinion that if you have a virtual consultancy at your fingertips, technical challenges are much easier to digest. Whether you’re a small team or individual through to a huge corporate looking to expand your technical horizon, this is for you.
The name “Phenomlab” originally started out as ITOMHQ (IT Operations Management HQ), but that was a bit of a mouthful 🙂 So, I took two key words – “Phenomenal” meaning “appearance,” phenomenal describes something so awesome and borderline miraculous it really has to actually be seen to be believed. Worthy examples may be the Aurora Borealis, the prowess of Michael Jordan, or the abilities of any given Marvel character blessed by exposure to radioactive materials. However, it’s typically used to give positive praise to any person, event or item that seems to transcend the norm.
And Laboratory meaning a workplace for the conduct of scientific research. When you think of a laboratory, you might see men and women wearing face masks pouring colourful liquids into test tubes, and you’d be correct. Any place that is a testing ground for new ideas is a laboratory, like a class full of people thinking up new ways of leveraging and sometimes, even exploiting technology to bolster their knowledge and add to their advantage.
Still a little “too long”, so I shortened it, and arrived at “Phenomlab”.
Experience is welcomed, but not mandatory. Stupid questions are allowed as long as it remains on topic or business related.
Why are you providing this service ?
I guess it’s mostly because I want to give something back to the industry after all these years. In addition, it’s difficult to get people around a virtual table to talk about technology, their frustrations within the sector, their concerns, and of course, their main challenges.
If you look around at the various platforms on offer these days, they are a mixture of disparate sectors that this platform aims (well, at least attempts) to bring together. The unique part of this platform is that it makes no real distinction between those with technical expertise, and those without. Essentially, it doesn’t care either. It’s not the aim of the platform to cast dispersion on someone else’s ability within a certain area. Everyone is unique, and by definition, has something to offer.
There is a gap in the industry that does not allow individuals, teams, and huge corporate entities to discuss common technology or business issues – and Phenomlab aims to fill that.
Is the Phenomlab service really free ?
Yes. No membership fees, zero cost. How can you possibly lose ?
Does Phenomlab have a Facebook channel ?
Umm… given the recent “news” around Facebook, no – it was subjected to #deletefacebook some time back !
Can I delete my account or request access to my data ?
With GDPR and the right to be forgotten bearing over us, of course we support this.
However, we’d at least like to gain an understanding of why you would like to delete your account – can we talk about it first ?
If you’d like proceed with account deletion, the choice is of course yours. You can delete your account here
If you’d like to complete a Subject Access Request (request for information held about you), this can be requested here
Can I use your articles ?
Can you find me a job ?
Sorry, but no. I’m not a recruiter, and Phenomlab should not be seen as an entity that attempts to satisfy this requirement. It’s outside of the scope and genesis of this product.
Do you offer consultancy ?
Consultancy is provided, but as Pro-Bono (not for profit) and at an educational and advisory level only. The advice or comments provided by myself on behalf of Phenomlab do not represent any views etc. of any organisation I work for – they are mine alone.
Do you run any technology sessions or training ?
Time is something that I seem to be constantly short of these days with work and personal commitments. However, Netinstruct offers courses, free tools, and resources for people interested in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. I’d strongly recommend you head over there and take a look.